Veterans deserve thanks

For some, today is a day off from school or work. For others, it’s not.

But for every veteran, today is a day to be recognized.

Unlike Memorial Day, which asks us to remember those who died while serving, Veterans Day encourages us to recognize those who served in our armed forces.

While the holiday has its roots in the armistice that ended World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, it is a day to recognize all veterans, no matter their branch of service or their generation.

One of the best ways to do that would be to attend one of today’s parades where band music and marching units will elicit pride, smiles and prompt the waving of American flags.

But as we all know, military service goes far beyond parade fanfare.

Our veterans dedicated portions of their lives to serving our country. And during that service, some saw the horrors of combat and faced the everyday dangers associated with it. Others provided the supportive services to keep their units running.

Military service is something that should be recognized and honored. It’s an unselfish act unlike any other, and we should appreciate the efforts made by all who served.

Veterans Day is an excellent chance to do that.